Dungeness

This morning I crossed the road from the apartment and walked onto Camber beach for a bit of a sea watch. There seemed to be a fair amount of movement, but much of it was too distant to identify. I spotted at least 4 Gannets moving west. There was a group of 10 ducks bobbing around and what I could make out from the plumage pattern I wondered whether they were Wigeon or Pochard. 2 Oystercatchers moving west were the only other birds I could identify.

Around lunchtime, en route to Dungeness, I stopped at Scotney Gravel Pits to see if I could find the Long-tailed Duck. It seems there's a bit of confusion in the reports as I stopped at the wrong end, although I did find one of the Slavonian Grebes there. The next stop en route was the ARC Pit which, like yesterday, was quiet. Highlights were 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) and a creamed-capped Marsh Harrier giving nice views.

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

In the afternoon I took a stroll around the main reserve trail. Main hignlights were on the ramp where I was hoping to see the Bearded Tits that keep alluding me, but despite being certain I was hearing their calls a lot, the wind was keeping them hunkered down. It was made up for, though, as a Bittern came gliding in and dropped into the reeds, just a tad too quickly for me to get a photo, but I was pleased with the lifer. A Great White Egret was showing well and the wind was good for Marsh Harriers.

Another stop at Scotney GPs on the way home, and this time the west end but, alas, no Long-tailed Duck.

Marsh Harrier

Great White Egret

Tufted Duck

Slavonian Grebe



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